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Bayou Bridge Pipeline Hearing (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Public Affairs, News

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-01-13

Duration: 00:13:19

Subjects: PIPELINES | OIL INDUSTRY | Energy | Environment


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Rolfes, Anne Speaker
  • Bratlie, Sonya Speaker
  • McCown, Brigham Interviewee
  • Farmer, Carey Speaker
  • Johns, Ronnie Speaker
  • Meche, Jody Speaker
  • Hayden, Randy Interviewee
  • Rolfes, Anne Interviewee


This segment from the January 13, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the public hearing held by the Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Baton Rouge on the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline Project. Whinham reports that the proposed pipeline would span 162 miles and 11 parishes from Calcasieu Parish to St. James Parish. His report includes: a look at the protests outside of the meeting due to concerns over the impact of this project on the environment, including speeches by Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Sonya Bratlie of the Choctaw Indian tribe; an interview with Brigham McCown of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure on his support of the project; and highlights from the testimony given at the public hearing by Carey Farmer, the project manager, State Senator Ronnie Johns, and Jody Meche, a commercial crawfisherman. Following this report, Whinham conducts an in-studio interview with Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an opponent of the pipeline, and Randy Hayden of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association, a supporter of the pipeline.